Ya gotta love a new idea...
Yes, you APPLY for the distance awards. Bob is correct, if you care to compete...you'll know "how far you've been" since leaving home of
record & will have the records/proof to indicate the route & distance. Don't throw in a week layover at family/friends though...keep moving!
Last years North American Tour winner went on a riding "rally tour" from appox May 1st until arriving at National... and we dont even have
an award for the fact he arrived home, after his four month long "summer ride" on about Sept 1st!!! With Sedalia being the long layover
of the near 15 rallys attended in 2012; thats living off the bike! Congrats to Ron Clark of PEI, Canada on a very well done R1200RT ride.
My point is, these folks know how to "get around"; the straight line dosen't work from Marco Island, Fl across the Gulf of Mexico any better
than from Halifax NS across the Bay of Fundy, to Salem... but the rider knows their distance to a rally if they care to compete.